Today we’re talking transitions. It’s late summer; the kiddos are headed back to school. There’s a decided “back to work” vibe even among friends who work all year around. And for those of us who work from home, the house returns to our control, our routines fall back in line, and there is a renewed sense of focus. Summers, whether one works out side the home or not, just have a laid back vibe that translates to all facets of our lives including our clothes—unless you were me back 20 years ago when working women (and men) wore suits year around. The big summer thing back then was a pop of color—maybe a pastel shell under one’s navy or black suit…how very bold, right?
This transitional period, from summer to fall, got me thinking; first, of how casual many work places have become, and second, of how I could take one easy look from morning to evening, from work to play. Back in the day, I would have never considered wearing cropped or floral pants to work, but things have changed and many offices have become casual enough that the outfit I am featuring today would be perfect.
So, I decided to play with my floral cropped pants, sent by J. Jill from their mid summer collection, to see how many looks I could get with tops I have on hand. It’s always been really important that I am able to style my clothes several ways, so before I purchase a new item for my wardrobe, I run through the various ways I might wear it.
I also tried it with one of my favorite tops of the season, my white, off shoulder bell sleeved top—which I wouldn’t recommend for work, but would be nice for lunch or shopping—a casual look taken up a notch.
And finally, I found a black peplum top, which I paired with a white jean jacket for day, and of course without for evening—which turned out to be a little more formal date night look—but not too formal of course.
I’d also like to chat briefly about the cropped pants; I had not tried cropped pants before they were offered by J.Jill to feature on the blog, and frankly, I was skeptical—but I found that they are not only cute and versatile, but also super comfortable. I was glad I gave them a try.
Bonus tip: Try things on in the fitting room that you think might not be your jam. If it fits well, is in a color that goes with things you already have in your closet, take it home and try it with a few things. If you don’t fall in love, you can always return it!
A special thanks to J.Jill for sending the cropped pants featured in this post.
Here are a few cute tops that go great with cropped pants: